An Interview with Jess Buffet – Author of – Always Been You
An Interview With Jess Buffet
Welcome Jess, since this is the first time you been on my blog, tell everyone a bit about yourself.
About me? Well, I’m a mum of two, married, a caffine addict. I shamefully admit that though I can’t function without a mug of two of coffee in the morning, I make a terrible one. LOL I am an author and cover artist, and I love reading and writing all things MM.
You write romance in both M/M and M/F genres. Which genre did you start with?
I began with MM, and honestly it is the one I prefer. I’m not really sure why but I always seem to go back to MM.
What made you branch out into M/F?
I suppose I started writing MF because I had MF stories to tell. When I begin a story, quite often my characters don’t have a sex. It’s only as I develop it more that I settle on MM or MF pairing. Sometimes I even change my characters halfway through a story when it becomes obvious I’ve chosen the wrong one. Lol
Your new book is Always Been You. Take a few sentences and tell us about the book.
It’s about two men who grew up together, were in love, yet were afraid of that love. It shows their lives eleven years later, with happiness and tradgedy, and how they are still able feel the love they had as teenagers, but also how it has become more. They also face a few hurdles, but most importantly it’s a story that shows that no matter how much time passes, if it’s meant to be, then it’s meant to be.
The main character, Seth, has two children he’s raising. Did you speak to any gay dads about the difficulties of dating and raising children?
Yes, I did. A friend of mine raises his daughter with his partner. They allowed me to ask them questions on how it affected them in the way others treated them, and also the expectations that seemed to be put on them that other parents weren’t so scrutinized over.
What part of the book was the most fun to write and why?
I think the scene where Seth and Jared meet up for the first time since Seth moved back home. The tension, the anger, and some of the humour from other characters was fun to play out. And anything with the character Landon in it. I had a lot of fun writing him. I can’t wait for his book.
What part made you struggle them most?
Probably the scene where Seth admits how Shawn and Jane’s deaths really affected him and the kids. They put on a good show, and for the most part are healing, but I dug pretty deep and personally to try and deliver a scene that was realistic.
Tell us something interesting that is not in the blurb?
Seth teams up with the local coffee shop to supply baked goods, which gave me the opportunity to introduce some new secondary characters that have and will continue to make things interesting.
Always Been You is the first book in a new series. How mnay more do you plan for this series?
At least two more, but you never know… LOL
You’ve written several other series, do you have a favorite?
This one for sure, but other than that I would probably have to say my Hunter Clan series.
What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
It’s a toss up between creating the characters and writing THE END. 🙂
What’s your least favorite?
Any time I have to write a synopsis and/or blurb! lol
Since there is always another story to tell, what are you working on now?
Book 2 of this series, for the time being it is titled Can’t Go Back, and will be about Landon and Tyler.
What have you read lately that most people haven’t read but should?
I’ve just finished re-reading When Souls Collide, by NJ Nielsen. I love that book. If you haven’t read it and love MM romance, then I recommend it.
If you could meet any writer, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Right now in person? Stormy Glenn or RJ Scott. If you asked which authors I would want to be like, which authors I admire the most, it would be them.
Besides reading and writing, what else do you enjoy?
I do cover design for a number of companies as well as freelance. I love doing it.
Last question is all yours – feel free to talk about anything you want your readers to know about you, your book, anything at all.
Always Been You, is the first book I ever finished and the first I ever submitted. While it had a great reaction before, I am hoping people will want embrace my boys again. There is another 30k, more secondary characters, and a whole lot more to the world I had originally created.
Always Been You; by Jess Buffett
After recovering from a shooting that took the lives of his best friends, Seth Hall returns to his hometown for the first time in eleven years with his two children in tow. Intent on setting up a happy, stable life for them, he vows not to allow his past to intervene with their future. That is until Jared, the boy who had broken his heart all those years ago, returns to his life a full grown man who knows exactly what he wants…Seth.
Jared Stewart thought he had lost his only chance to be with Seth after a series of misunderstandings and mistakes. When Seth finally comes home and back into Jared’s life, Jared vows to do anything it takes to keep him there. However, while Jared and Seth grow closer, they discover that not everyone is so happy for them.
Will they be finally able to make a life for themselves together? Or will they be torn apart again, by people they thought they could trust?
Publisher: Reckless Lovers Press
Cover Artist: Jess Buffett
Keep an eye on her website – http://jessbuffett.wordpress.com for details
Walking through the bakery, Seth he proceeded to write his own lists for everything else. He became so involved that he hadn’t heard the chime from the front door. Remembering he needed the measurements for the new sign out front he spun around, and collided with a wall.
“Oh, damn. Sorry,” a deep baritone voice said. Long arms reached out and grabbed his hips before he could land on his ass.
Okay, so not a wall, but darn close. Stepping backward to see what, or more to the point whom he ran into, Seth’s gaze locked onto a pair of striking green eyes. Shards of ice ran down his spine as recognition hit him. God, he remembered those jade orbs that used to make him lose his breath.
Jumping back, Seth struggled for breath as he stared mutely at Jared. He couldn’t believe the guy was actually here. And he was still as gorgeous as ever. Jared stood roughly at six foot three, a few inches taller than Seth’s six foot. He was also wider, all of it muscle, and Seth noticed his blond hair was still cut short with just enough length to style it. The man wore charcoal gray slacks and an emerald-green shirt, that were tailor made.
Seeing Jared looking so good made Seth more than aware of the old Oktoberfest t-shirt he wore, and the jeans and sneakers that had both seen better days. Fiddling with his notes, Seth shuffled from foot to foot, not knowing what to do. Jared was right in front of him looking all yummy, casually leaning against the counter with his hands shoved deep into his pockets, and all Seth wanted to do was run. Taking in a deep breath, Seth snapped his head up when Jared finally spoke.
“Hey, Seth. It’s been a while.”
“Yeah, it has.” Apparently not long enough, Seth thought, as he tried to discreetly shift the ever growing bulge in his pants. Now was not the time for a hard-on. Not five seconds ago, he had forgotten how to draw air into his lungs, and now he was going to have a zipper indent. Seriously?
Silence descended, as the two of them just stood there staring at each other. Awkward much?
“So, what is it I can do for you?” Seth asked, trying to ignore the slight tremor in his voice as he walked around the other side of the counter. Hopefully that would hide one of his problems as he tried to regain some composure. Why did he still have to look so good? Wasn’t there some rule stating assholes were meant to look like toads.
“Actually, I’m here on Izzy’s behalf. She was roped into some fundraising thing for the school she works at and asked me to come meet you instead,” Jared replied as he lent forward, resting his forearms on the counter in front. A smirk formed on his handsome face as Seth took a step back.
“Ah, yes. I was told she was a teacher now. Brave of her,” he said, giving an awkward laugh, spreading his hands out onto the flat surface before him in order to support himself. Clearing his throat, he added, “Well, you can just tell her that she can come see me whenever she’s free.”
Jared stood straight, folding his arms across his chest as he studied Seth. “Yeah, she is brave. And no need to rebook, I know what she wants. I’m quite sure we can work something out.”
Why did that sound like an innuendo? This was definitely not going as he had planned. And why did Jared seem to be taking so much pleasure in this? Was this a game to him? Silly little gay boy, isn’t it cute that he still blushes. Well, he’d be damned if history was going to repeat itself. He was a successful businessman and baker. He had two beautiful children, and had survived a fucking bullet.
Straightening his back, he met Jared’s gaze.
“Fine. Let’s take a seat and get this over with, shall we?”
“Is that the way you talk to all of your clients? Cause I have to say, I’m surprised you get much business then,” drawled Jared.
Ignoring the comment, Seth led them to one of the booths. He cast a glance towards the kitchen, but Sal seemed to be preoccupied. Maybe telling the man to just ‘go for it’ hadn’t been a smart move. Something told him things were going to cost more than he thought.
Taking a seat opposite one another on the old scuffed booth with weathered red leather seating, that he absently noted to himself had to be added to the ever growing list of things that needed replacing, Seth launched straight into professional mode. He needed details to come up with something that the future bride wanted and that’s all he was focused on. At no time did he notice how good Jared looked, or how muscular he had gotten. Seth hadn’t even taken note of Jared’s soft pink lips or his large firm hands.
Not at all.
Jess Buffett was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. She is a mum of two, married to her high school sweetheart.
Jess is a hopeless romantic who is a huge fan of M/M and M/F romance with a happy ending—anything with hunky men in all their glory, whether they be Shifters, Vampires, Cowboys, or the boy next door.
A caffeine addict who shamefully can’t make a decent cup of coffee to save her life, Jess believes in soul mates, happily ever afters, and in love at first sight, but that sometimes people need a second or a third for the brain to catch up.
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